CGMA Home Logo



  • Began conversations with Liverpool University about a joint NSF-AHRC collaborative research grant.
  • Released Google™ Earth functionality in MAGIS version 1.5. For more information on the individual release, view the MAGIS Release Notes.


  • MAGIS versions 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 released. For more information on these releases, view the MAGIS Release Notes.
  • January 2008: PIs organized Archaeological Institute of America workshop on Web-based researched tools for Mediterranean archaeology.


  • Applied for NEH Challenge Grant (download grant proposal).
  • Sarah Craft served as a fifth-year intern in the DePauw GIS Center for the 2007-2008 academic year. In this position, one of her main project focuses was creating, editing, and verifying data in the CGMA database.
  • In the fall of 2007, NITLE, in cooperation with Sunoikisis, assumed the technical aspects to support the CGMA undergraduate seminar. The seminar was offered simultaneously on participating campuses using NITLE's Multipoint Interactive Video (MIV) Conferencing System.
  • MAGIS version 1.1 was released.
  • The CGMA Summer Interns for 2007 were Aubrey Brown (The College of Wooster) and Meredith Coats (DePauw University).
  • In May 2007, Pedar Foss was interviewed by Andrea Vianello from Intute at Oxford. View the corresponding article at or listen to the interview via podcast at
  • MAGIS underwent a technology review performed by Aaron Fuleki of Denison University and Scott Simmons of TechniGraphics Systems.
  • Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum, an ESRI Press book by Diana Stuart Sinton (editor) and Jennifer J. Lund (editor), is released. This book contains a chapter, Classical Archaeology: Building a GIS of the Ancient Mediterranean, that was contributed by Pedar W. Foss and Rebecca K. Schindler.
  • The CGMA work-study student for Spring 2007 was Meredith Coats (DePauw University).
  • Andrea Vianello from Intute at Oxford reviews MAGIS. Read the review at
  • In January 2007, MAGIS version 1.0 was released to the public and officially announced to the archaeological community.


  • Trimble GeoXT sub-meter GPS units and ESRI's ArcPad were purchased for each of the participating institutions.
  • The fifth meeting of the CGMA Advisory Board was held at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, on October 13-15, 2006.
  • The CGMA intern for Summer 2006 were Meredith Coats (DePauw University), Drew Stanley (DePauw University), Katie Birge (DePauw University), and Tulisha Jackman (Rhodes College).
  • The CGMA Fall 2006 work-study student was Drew Stanley (DePauw University).


  • Late in the year MAGIS (Mediterranean Archaeology GIS) was released to CGMA participating institutions and CGMA board members for beta testing.
  • The fourth meeting of the CGMA Advisory Board was held at The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, on September 30-October 2, 2005.
  • The CGMA Summer intern for 2005 was Sarah Craft (DePauw University).
  • The CGMA work-study students for Spring 2005 were Liz Veach (DePauw University) and Justin Remmelts (DePauw University).


  • The third meeting of the CGMA Advisory Board was held at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, on October 9-10, 2004.
  • Data for the 150+ survey projects, collected by the summer interns, were entered into the CGMA database.
  • Alpha testing began on the MAGIS (Mediterranean Archaeology GIS) Database Administration pages.
  • The CGMA summer interns gathered information for over 150 survey projects in the Mediterranean Basin.
  • The CGMA interns for Summer 2004 were Ellen Beilmann (Millsaps College), Sarah Craft (DePauw University), Tulisha Jackman (Rhodes College), and Kate McMahon (The College of Wooster).
  • The CGMA work-study students for Spring 2004 were Aaron Orszag, The College of Wooster, and Sara Robertson, DePauw University.
  • Co-PI's Rebecca Schindler and Pedar Foss presented a poster on CGMA at the 105th Annual Meeting of the AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) in San Francisco, CA. As an unexpected bonus, the CGMA poster was awarded a first place ribbon for best poster.


  • The MAGIS Spatial Search website was designed, and development on these pages has begun.
  • The MAGIS Data Entry website was designed and developed and will soon be available for public use.
  • The new location of the CGMA project website was announced at the Fall Board meeting, namely (Note that both CGMA sites will be maintained until further notice.)
  • The second meeting of the CGMA Advisory Board was held at DePauw University October 10-12, 2003. (Minutes, Schedule)
  • Pedar Foss successfully taught the first CGMA undergraduate seminar at/from DePauw University.
  • Co-PI's Rebecca Schindler and Pedar Foss presented a poster on CGMA at the AIAC Congress in Boston, MA.
  • We began making preparations for the Fall 2003 Board Meeting that will take place at DePauw University, October 10-12.
  • Plans were made for the CGMA undergraduate seminar to be taught for the first time at DePauw University by Pedar Foss in the Fall 2003.
  • The initial design for the CGMA database was completed, and a prototype for the data entry form was implemented using HTML, PHP, JavaScript and MySQL.
  • The new server, aka. hecataeus, was configured and brought online.
  • The server equipment arrived and, with the help of DePauw's Information Services personnel, was installed at DePauw University.
  • ITAP Associate, Alex Iliev, was interviewed and hired. Alex will be working with the project programmer, Beth Wilkerson, beginning this Summer and continuing through the 2003-04 academic year.
  • CGMA purchased an Apple XServe (and XServe RAID) to administer and serve the CGMA website, the MAGIS application, and the CGMA database.
  • We applied for a DePauw ITAP (Information Technology Associates Program) internship for the 2003-04 academic year.


  • The Apple XServe and XServe RAID were selected as server and storage options for CGMA.
  • It was decided that MAGIS would use the open source database management system MySQL instead of Oracle.
  • HTML prototype pages were created for MAGIS.
  • The initial draft of the CGMA software project document was composed, reviewed and revised.
  • We began the process of assessing server requirements and researching server options to determine what hardware would be purchased to serve the CGMA website and web application.
  • The CGMA website was "officially" released at
  • A name was chosen for the CGMA web application, namely "MAGIS". This is an acronym for Mediterranean Archaeology Geographical Information System.
  • The Advisory Board hired M. Beth Wilkerson as the programmer for the CGMA project. Beth is an experienced computer programmer. Most recently, she was employed as a senior software engineer/computer consultant for Schlumberger-GeoQuest in which she specialized in the development of complex 3D, interactive interpretation and visualization systems. Although Beth is new to the GIS and Web scene, she is anxious to gain new skills while leveraging from her previous experience.
  • The CGMA front end Web site was built and temporarily released for beta testing.
  • Plans were made for the GIS Web application and the undergraduate seminar.
  • The first meeting of the CGMA Advisory Board was held at DePauw University May 24-26, 2002. (Agenda, Minutes, Schedule)
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded DePauw University a grant for the establishment of a Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology. (Press Release)

About CGMA
Participating Institutions
Mellon Grant

Annual Reports

Undergraduate Seminar
Survey Archaeology Primer
GIS Basics
Related Links

Mediterranean Archaeology GIS
Publications & Presentations

Send comments/questions to CGMA Last Updated: May 15, 2009